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Wasaga Beach Ontario Fun in the Sun
Wasaga Beach, the largest freshwater beach in the world is located in Ontario, Canada, on Nottawasaga Bay, at the south end of Georgian Bay. This is a great spot to go for a family vacation. Planning now will ensure that you get either a cottage to rent or a great camping spot at one of the campgrounds at Wasaga. From Toronto, it is about a two-hour drive but give yourself extra time, as during the summer months the traffic is quite heavy.
The beach is broken down into eight different areas and are clearly marked area 1 – area 8. Beach area 1 is the most popular and the most crowded.
Popular Campgrounds at Wasaga Beach
Jell-E Bean Campground
Located on the west end of Wasaga Beach this campground is within walking distance to the shores of Georgian Bay. Pitch a tent or reserve a spot for RV’s and campers. Fully equipped with indoor toilets, showers, and laundry facilities. If you need an electrical or water and sewer hook-up this is no problem at Jell-E Bean. An outdoor swimming pool is available for your enjoyment along with fire pits and picnic areas. Getting to the main beach in Wasaga is a short drive away.
Located on Main Street in a great spot if you want to be minutes from Beach 1 area, the most popular spot in Wasaga Beach. Restaurants, bars, banks, and Walmart are a short walk away. One of the great features of this tent and trailer campground is you have the option to park your trailer, pitch a tent or rent a trailer. This park is open from May through October.
Fun Things To Do
Wasaga Water-world is a ten-acre playground with water slides, a giant wave pool, mini golf and more. Set a day aside to visit this fun park because once you get here you will not want to leave. For parents, there is a licensed patio to sit at to enjoy your favorite alcohol beverage. Easy to find as it is located on Hwy 92 in Wasaga Beach.
Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure is an indoor, outdoor paintball park that has twelve themed fields on seventy acres of wooded land with an indoor field of 20,000 square feet.
Golfers can enjoy an eighteen hole course at Wasaga Sands Golf and Country Club.
Windsurfing at Wasaga is quite popular and if you do not have your own board and equipment and would like to try windsurfing you can find several spots to rent by the week or by the day.
Fun in the water
Fun At The Beach includes swimming, fishing, boating, and canoeing. Swimming here in a shallow bay is quite inviting in the warm water. Children can play safely by the shores edge building sand castles from the white silky sand. For fishing you can fish for rainbow trout, bass and pickerel, from your boat or off the riverbank of the Nottawasaga River. Take a stroll down the boardwalk that connects beach area 1 and 2.
On beach area 1 there are loads of touristy shops where you can find just about anything. Stop in at one of the many restaurants along the beach for a quick bite or a meal.
Entertainment for those 19 and over
Dardanella Beach Bar, known to many as The Dard, is a hot spot for many. This bar is open all year round and offers great live entertainment every Friday night.
Uncle Norm's Nephew
For the best ice cream experience you will ever have, you must visit Uncle Norm’s Nephew Ice Cream Parlor. Homemade ice cream and yogurt that is made with all fresh fruits will delight anyone’s pallet.
Elmvale Jungle Zoo
A short drive away from Wasaga Beach in Elmvale, on highway 27, there is a terrific Jungle Zoo that has over 300 animals including birds and reptiles from all over the world. You can easily see this zoo in six hours. Bring a picnic lunch or enjoy a bite at one of the snack bars. Admission to the zoo is under $15.00 per person and children under 2 get in free.
Wasaga Beach is a wonderful spot for a day trip, a weekend getaway or for a Summer Vacation with so much to see and do.
© 2011 Susan Zutautas